really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,382 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon engine problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon Owner Comments

problem #8

May 222009

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  • 28,400 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. While driving at an unknown speed, the transmission warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. Immediately, smoke and vapors appeared from the engine compartment. The contact used a 10-pound fire extinguisher, but was not successful in extinguishing the flames. The fire department was called to extinguish the fire. Both a police and fire report were filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were less than 28,400.

- Free Union, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 102007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
My truck is a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. It stalls when slowing down to turn corners.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 312007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 regcab swb. On March 31, 2007 while driving 70 mph, the contact noticed black smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle's cruise control was activated and he attempted to switch lanes. As a result, the vehicle began to swerve from left to right and eventually crashed into a ditch. The contact then smelled diesel fumes and noticed a leak coming from the engine. The next day he found a leak in the high pressure injection line which caused the clamp that holds the line together to become loose. The manufacturer sent out an investigator to take pictures of the vehicle. The contact stated that the investigator did not offer any reason as to why the failure occurred, other than the weather. Chrysler stated that there was no mechanical defect and that the part was still under warranty for repair. He stated that when he took his vehicle to the dealer, they stated that they would not repair the vehicle due to legal proceedings. A police report was filed. The current mileage is 23,679 and failure mileage was 25,000.

- Marrietta, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 192007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 850 miles


When you let off the gas to slow down the engine cut off and lost power steering. It has happened 10 times in 2 years, but the last time it happened I was about to turn right; I hit a sign and scratched the whole right side of the truck. Dodge claimed we can't fix it because we don't know what is causing it.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #4

Feb 262007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I have an 05 Dodge 1500 with the 5.7 hemi. It has always idled low but dealer says otherwise. It starts out as a engine sputter then it dies leaving no power steering or brakes. The last time this happened I was in rush hour traffic with both lanes turning left. Very dangerous to drive. I don't feel safe with my children and wife driving this vehicle. I took it to the dealer and paid 300 for a sensor. Drove fine for a day then started doing the same thing. This has happened many times. Found many other people with same problem.

- Versailles, KS, USA

problem #3

Jan 192007

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Engine stalls or rough idles whiles coming to brief stops, ie stop signs or red lights. It is usually but not always when I have run the car for the first time of the day within about 5 miles or less, and seems to occur more when outside temps are low. Updated 04/19/07.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

May 102005

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When shifting from drive to reverse (auto trans) engine stalls. This has happened upon four seperate occasions.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 192005

Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles
Purchased 3/4 ton puck-up truck. The hemi engine has a noisy valve train. The dealership placed new heads on the engine per the new Dodge service bulletin after 7,000 miles. With the new heads on there was no change in the amount of noise the engine made. The service bulliten indicates a clearance issue regarding the valve diameter. The truck has been to the dealership 3 times regarding this issue.

- Westminster, MD, USA

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